Raquel Cassidy

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Raquel Cassidy
Born Raquel Josephine Cassidy
(1968-01-22) 22 January 1968 (age 48)
Fleet, Hampshire, England, UK
Nationality English
Alma mater Girton College, Cambridge
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present

Raquel Josephine Dominic Cassidy (born 22 January 1968) is an English actress.

Early life and education[edit]

Born to a Spanish mother and an English father, she was the third child and only daughter born to the couple.[1] Born and brought up in Fleet, Hampshire[2] she was educated at the private and prestigious Farnborough Hill Convent,[3][4] and then Girton College, Cambridge, where she studied modern languages and then biological anthropology. She later pursued a PhD in biological anthropology, but she abandoned it in order to pursue a career in acting instead.


Cassidy is best known for her television roles as Susan Gately in Teachers (series 1 and 2), the Home Office Junior Minister Jo Porter in Party Animals, and Mel in Lead Balloon, as well as her various stage performances.[5] She played the role of Baxter, Lady Grantham's lady's maid in Downton Abbey from 2013-2015.



Year Film Role Other notes
2002 Do I Love You Romy
2002 Before You Go Felicia
2005 Festival Petra Loewenberg
2007 The Boat People Alice
2007 Tick Tock Lullaby Maya
2008 Nightwalking Martha Short film

Selected television[edit]

Year Programme Role Other notes
1998 Killer Net WPC Pamela Boxer
1999 The Bill Lola Chaves (Victim)
2001–2002 Teachers Susan Gately
2003 Red Cap Staff Sgt. Neve Kirland
2004 The Worst Week of My Life Cassie Turner
2005 According to Bex Chris
2006–2011 Lead Balloon Mel Davies
2007 Party Animals Jo Porter
2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot: Mrs McGinty's Dead Maureen Summerhayes
2008–2009 Moving Wallpaper Nancy Weeks
2009 New Tricks Susanna Morton 1 episode (The Truth Is Out There)
2011 Land Girls Diana Granville
2011 Doctor Who Foreman Miranda Cleaves 2 episodes (The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People)
2012 Hustle Dana Deville Episode 4 of Series 8, Filmed in September 2011[6]
2012 Midsomer Murders Diana DeQuetteville
2013 Heading Out Sabine
2013 A Touch of Cloth Clare Hawkchurch
2013–2015 Downton Abbey Phyllis Baxter
2014 Jonathan Creek Sharon
2015 Vera Gloria Edwards
2017– The Worst Witch Miss Hardbroom 13 episodes (Post production)

Selected radio[edit]

Year Programme Role Other notes
2008 Spending My Inheritance Jo
2015 Ed Reardon's Week Suzan


Year Play Role Theatre
1997 Twelfth Night Viola Royal Court Theatre
1998 Othello Desdemona National tour
Threesome Ruth Old Red Lion Theatre
2002 Possible Worlds Joyce Tron Theatre
2004 MacBeth Lady MacBeth[4] International tour
2005 Anna Karenina Anna Arkadyevna Karenina Royal Lyceum Theatre
2006 Mirandolina Mirandolina[4] Royal Exchange Theatre


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